Grace has three active Men’s Groups: one each from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and one on Saturday morning. The weekday evening groups meet either outdoors around a fire on the bluff of Riverview (our cottage just below the Parish Hall) or inside as the weather and desire dictate. The format is a “check-in,” then some discussion of an engaging book with a bit of food and camaraderie included.
Men’s Breakfast is at 8 a.m. on the fourth Saturday of every month during non-pandemic times. All men of the parish are invited to enjoy a hearty breakfast, good fellowship and a brief program in the Parish Hall. This Saturday group is the only group that is taking new members at this time; if you’re interested, contact the Rector, The Rev. Seldon Walker.
Daughters of the King, St. Michael and All Angels chapter
This group was founded at Grace on September 27, 1992. The DoK is a lay order for women of the Episcopal Church and churches with an historic episcopate; it was organized in 1885. Every Daughter pledges herself to a lifelong program of prayer, service and personal evangelism, dedicated to the extension of Christ’s kingdom, and to strengthening the spiritual life of her parish community. The emblem of our order is a silver cross that members wear at all times. If you are interested in joining this community of women, please contact Sandy Swift at email@example.com or 757.565.5255.
Cursillo begins with a three-day weekend that’s a living expression of Christ’s love as it happens over three color-, joy- and music-filled days that produce new and profound friendships. Typically a small group from Grace will attend a Thursday evening through Sunday evening “cursillo” (that’s Spanish for “short course”). The “Fourth Day” is how Cursillo describes all the meetings to follow after this weekend. Many Grace parishioners have experienced a Cursillo weekend, with deep friendships forged and continuing to grow back here in Yorktown. Check out the Diocese of Southern Virginia’s Cursillo website https://www.cursillodiosova.org/ or call the office – 757.898.3261 – and we will be happy to connect you with a “Cursillista” to guide you to the experience.
Episcopal Church Women
Episcopal Church Women, known by the shorthand “ECW,” began at the national level in 1871. It’s open to all women of the Episcopal Church. ECW continues its long tradition of supporting outreach programs both at home and abroad. All monies collected in fundraising events, like the annual United Thank Offering breakfast and holiday pie sales, is directed to outreach. Grace’s ECW Circle meets quarterly for lunch, fellowship and a special program.
Grace-ful Knitters formed in the Fall of 2010, with an initial goal to provide prayer shawls for the Grace Prayer Shawl ministry. That’s grown to include members knitting items for Hats for Homeless, the Red Scarf Project sponsored by the Orphan Foundation of America, and Yorktown’s Natasha House, along with personal projects. The group’s members work at all skill levels and several members will be glad to work with anyone who wants to learn to knit. There’s a supply of yarn and needles for anyone needing them. The group meets from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays in Riverview. All are invited; if there’s anyone looking for projects to work on from home, please contact the office.
Transitions provides a safe, nurturing place for people engaged in the care of family members or others, or in a period of transition themselves. This group meets weekly via Zoom during the pandemic, with time together beginning at 9 a.m. Thursdays. The group shares resources and experiences, offers emotional and spiritual care to one another, and is always open to newcomers. Contact Sandy Swift for more information, firstname.lastname@example.org or 757.565.5255. Transitions has produced a “Words of Comfort” booklet you may access here.
Third Monday Readers
Third Monday Readers meets in non-pandemic times on the third Monday of each month to discuss a book of the group’s choosing. The group gathers in the Parish Hall parlor. All are welcome. Please contact the office, 757-898-3261, to see if the readers have announced plans to reconvene.